Just when there was some hope to catch hold of ILP 2020 and the players left for UAE earlier this week, the news of some players and staff members testing COVID positive has left fans in distress.
Two players and twelve staff members from the Chennai Super Kings contingent have tested COVID positive. The team has now gone into quarantine in a hotel at Dubai, ahead of the Indian Premier League.
It is reported that there were a set of precautions that were taken as soon as they reached the United Arab Emirates. Each team had to undergo three separate COVID tests and in the third and final test, one bowler, one player and twelve staff member tested positive for COVID-19 from the team- Chennai Super King. Reports suggest that the MS Dhoni-led side was forced to take the decision after members of the CSK contingent tested positive for COVID-19.
Also as confirmed by the team itself, Suresh Raina has returned back to India due to personal issues and will be missing the entire season :((
Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 29, 2020
2020 bas naa yaar ho gaya ab bahut !!!
According to officials, A high-ranking official, a bowler and another player, along with 12 staff members of the team have tested positive. When CSK asked for an extension of their one-week quarantine period with BCCI on Friday, it raised an alarm that something was amiss.
“There was a Zoom/video meeting on Thursday night where the issue of covid positive cases in CSK was announced. The Indian player who has tested positive has mild symptoms,” said an official.
CSK were supposed to have started training on Saturday, but now there is no clarity on when it will begin.
The novel corona virus has an incubation period of 2-14 days, and it can take 2-5 days for an infected person to show up positive in an RT-PCR test. So, the exact point where the CSK members contracted the virus may be hard to trace. However, according to the BCCI’s standard operating procedure, for this year’s IPL, every travelling member was required to give their travel history for the last three months, which they did.
The members were to be tested thrice upon landing in the UAE in a span of six days. Until all the tests are reported negative, the players are mandated to stay within their individual rooms. Only after the first week are they allowed to enter a ‘team bio-bubble.’
The covid-positive members in the CSK contingent have not been interacting closely with others since 21 August, the day they reached Dubai, but traveled together from India before that.
As per SOP, in case of any positive case in the bio-secure bubble, the person who has tested positive will be isolated and contact-tracing will follow.
The Indian player and other members, even if they are asymptomatic or carrying mild symptoms, will have to be “isolated in the designated area outside the bio-secure environment for two weeks” according to the guidelines.
The SOP also mentions- After the two weeks’ of isolation, the individual must return two negative PCR test reports done 24 hours apart before being permitted to re-enter the bio-secure environment, as for precautions certainly.
CSK is expected to play the opening game on 19 September and the Indian player, who is a regular in the playing 11, may have to miss the initial stages.
Let’s take a moment to wish them luck and pray that they get past this phase ASAP. It’s been a very rough time from Feb until now and IPL is supposed to be that much needed stress buster.
Let’s hope for the best.